The News from Frederick, Maryland on September 2, 1967 · Page 4
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The News from Frederick, Maryland · Page 4

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Key Man Publithrt E try Cvtnin* E»c*pt Sunday by IM C R E A T SOUTHERN PTC » M|=O CO 1* Nprfh Cou-l S«r««t »»·*«« *««'" Frederick M« SUBSCRIPTION R A T E S srs Member Audit Bureau O» CircHlaHoni Member Of A»Wtnled Prest The A.»oel»led Pr« s i enl.tled lo the u« »or rtpubllc«tkn of lH M* !··· jr.. lea in mil r*»», .per ·» we I ·» *» AP newt di»p»lche» 5, EC and Clasi Podnge P»id at Frederick Md THE \ K \ \ S , Frederick, Maryland Saturday, September 2. 1967 Moss, Not Class In several respects, the United States »s international odd man nit with its salute to the work ng man \\e have chosen September lor this familiar fixture on the national calendar Elsewhere at least in those ocieties permitting such den nstrations the preferred date is May 1 and the accent if not ilways stridently Marxist, is de finitely on class May Day is the proletariat's red letter day, a 'ime for toiling masses to d» monstrate solidarity against, often hostility to economically fivored classes Here the emphasis is also on ·nass but of a peculiarly Am- cncqn definition This is a day lor the nation en masse--assembly line worker manager, those in the professions The working man in the United States is virtually every man, the entire a c'ult population conceived as laboring together to produce and ·=nanng in the benefits of the national plenty It was not always thus The first Labor Day in New York on ^ept 5 1882, was a militant demonstration a demand for ights and recognition TV 'Kittle was prolonged and ften bitter, but American labor has long since won recognition Its rights, underwritten by a mass of legislation unmatched in the world, are now integral lo the structure of our society We still have our clashes of ?conomic interest, bargaining Breakdowns and strikes But the dialogue, sharp though it may be at times, in the context of the American experience has taken on a peculiarly American character As democratic capitalism has J eveloped in this country, the -ense of class, never so strong liere as in the various old countries from which we sprang, has diminished Laboring commoners can and do speak to economic kings and in terms of living standards it is not al- ·vavs easy to tell them aoart There has been a parallel development in the significance if Labor Day Not class but mass -olidaritv is the message now It is an occasion not for demonstrations and m'htant ora- Uvy, but a day for each American-blue colla- and white collar to observe and enjoy in his f w n wav. and through private observance to join in a public rffirmation of the American Achievement Crime And The Poor The Johnson Administration h s asked Congress for $2 06 Million for the war on poverty in fis-cal 1968 At the same time it quotes as a very conservative estimate a $20-bilhon annual gioss take for organized crime from gambling and numbers t ames and a $6 billion annual profit The two are al lied for the criminals get most of their money from the poor Their profit alone is three times the antipoverty money that goes to the pooi A croup ot Republican House nombets used these figures to establish their charge that poor people w e i t being victimized bv orginiyod crime and that the A d m i m s M a t i o n not only is doinn n f t h i p . ; about it but mdi reotK siihsidi/ing the criminals They calk i for icnewal of the war on o i i ; i n i ' e d crime which the chat 14* d has gr und to a standstill Badly needed funds from wel- are programs go to the urban ioor and organized crime takes money from the urban poor," the statement said "The money ran only come at the expense ft the health, clothing, shelter i r education of the poor " Another parallel cited was the expenditure by the Admmistra- t-on of $352 million on project Head Start in fiscal 1967 to give the children of the poor a chance It points out that the minimum estimates place organized crime's narcotics take ,·( $?50 million almost all of t from the poor These parallels are not to dis c ·'urage pursuit of the war on jovertv but to make it more effective by waamg a war on rgani/ed crime at the same dme Crime feeds on poverty Stamping out crime helps re poverty 'Q iiii u nui »v»uaiui The National Scene With Bruce Biossat THE UNIONS MUST RECOVER CONCERN FOR LITTLE PEOPLE Labor Day weekend was be""i as a national recognition in '894 of the rights and responsibilities of working people Since then thoughtful people have given special acclaim to organized labor as it struggled for a place in the sun as well as a seat at the bargaining table A large measure of support for the rights of organized labor has come from the churches The old Federal Council of Churches, succeeded bv the Na- t.onal Council of Churches, prepared annual statements on the p'ace of labor unions and collective bargaining in i free society Seimons are often given to highlight the contribution made by unions to the general wel- iare of all the people President al proclamations are standard and mass meetings are part of the observation in Detroit But one doesn't have to be a labor relations mediator to know that Big Labor and Big Unions no longer get torch parades or dancing in the streets Strike 'otes are taken with a shrug and a yawn New members are ngned up with the emotion of Social Security Working hours, wages and pension plans are described with the fervor of a New Haven Railroad conduc or i ailing the stations At the big abor management conference everybody arrives in a Cadillac You really can't tell the difference without a union card or rame plate What has happened 9 Where ..re all the nervy daring young people that staffed the unions in the '30s, who commanded the soap boxes, maintained the picket lines and pleaded for pulpit support and editorial endorsement' My guess would be that there will not be many Labor Day sermons offered in your town The people who used to attend the rallies and walk quick step to the parade .ire out on the lake or up in the mountains The bright, sparkling young people long ago jettisoned Jimmy Hoffa and Dave Beck for the Peace Corps and the civil rights movement What has happened' The unions have succeeded -- and that -nay be their failure 1 Money, manpower and muscle have fashioned organized labor into its own empire, but in the process allowed it to become self- centered slumbering, and out of touch with the little people who have no voice and no spokesman So the migrant workers rot out in the fields, with just a b.ight wave from the labor movement, 1967. Unions are strong and nobody Knows this better than the public Airline pilots can tie up a country Teamsters can shut down about anything, anywhere vjrave diggers can let the caskets stack up from here to Miami Welfare case workers, schoolteachers college professors auto workers all have cill kinds of power to exert on every grievance This is what Eugene Debs Norman Thomas The Poor Man's Philosopher By TIRED OF 'RAGS TO RICHES' TALES? "Let's face it--i'ir1* with 'Alley Oop legs' shouldn't wear miniskirts/" NEW YORK AP) -- Tired of icanng about men who went .iom rags to riches' L sten then, to the tale of Ed \a-d Fields who has made riches from rugs Now one of the world s largest custom varpet manufacturers-'us clientele ranges from the Shah of Iran to Mickey Mantle Fie'ds was launched on his |-ath to fortune by a $500 weddm« gift and a fortuneteller s tip Eddie hat, made a rug shaped like a piano for Laberace Eddie made the carpet for Air Force One," the plane in .vhich Lyndon B Johnson stood when he took his first president i a l oath Eddie made the huge oval ' carpet of the United States in the Diplomatic Room at the White House Eddie has a'so made rugs or · apestiK-s for Sen Robert F Kennedy D -N Y Gov Nelson \ Rockefeller o f New York the VanderbilLs the Astors Mary Martin John Steinbeck, Prnice tiamier of Monaco and Milton rterle In 193? Eddie was 21 and pocket poor after five years of selling carpets for other firms Ihen his brother, bandleader -hep Fields gave him $500 as a vedding present I d.uded to use it to start my own f i r m ' said Eddie How was business 9 In two syl lables it was ' lousy ' It was still bad in 1946 when Fields went to a night club in Holly- vood to forget his troubles for the evening ' A fortuneteller in the club told me that a man with the ini- t.als 'J B ' would come into my ,ife and change it," he recalled Soon after that Fields met an elderly Viennese, Joseph Blumfield, who had invented a dand held rug making machine Eddie bought the gadget from r.lumfie'd under an arrangement that guaranteed him life- iime royalties and then set nbout improving it Thct machine, mcknaired tne magic needle," began to stitch a oattern of wealth for Fields Eddie now has 250 of the machines each of which he says, cin turn out as much work in a day as 20 Japanese hand work- Peter Altgeld and Samuel Gom- ,ers wanted But did they expect to find the terrible selfishness, the powerful mdeffer- ence, the financial flourish that now marks so many unions and loo many labor leaders 9 It's time that labor listened to its friends and I count myself ir that company I carried a ·imon card when I worked in the Kaiser shipyards in Portland, Ore I walked the picket line with my wife in New Haven, Conn I was Protestant chaplain for the AFL-CIO in Buffalo, N Y For 25 years I've considered myself a soul brother of the union movement and it's time to tell it bke it The union movement in Amer- ua will become just another institution unless it recovers a deep and abiding concern for people It has the resources and the influence to do so much for so ·nany In some cities, first steps are being taken to really open up the apprentice program for disadvantaged youngsters from the ghettos In other places, a . enewed interest is apparent for migrant workers and farm laborers But on so many issues tnat are vital to working people like war ana peace, popula- bon explosion air and water pollution conservation and fiscal responsibility in Congress, organized labor seems to have ·aken a oermanent walkout Remember the union you save ,nay be vou»- own Unless signif icant change comes about, Labor Dav will be observed but : ot celebrated rs In a year, although he keeps production figures secret he claims they enaole him to m a n u f a c t u r e as much yardage PS the entire carpeting industry of Persii at its peak ' I nevei have patented my magic needles, because it would imply make it that much easier for competitors to steal the t-ecret " he said "But they are checked out individually to my workmen, and at night I keep them locked in a steel and concrete vault Only my son and I lave kevs to the vault " But no machine by itself could explain Eddie's success Showmanship runs in nis family Another brother Freddie Fields, runs a talent agency which handles such entertainment notables as Barbra Streisand, Peter Sellers. Rock Hudson, and Phil Silvers And Eddie is an outstanding showman himself The balding fastidiously dressed manufacturer moves in fashionable society and top business circ'es knows most of his famous customers on a first- name basis. yesterday « * Fifty Years Ago Items From The News Post Files September 2, 1917 THE (COMPLETE DESTRUCTION of a full-grown poplar tree on the farm of Chalmers Swomle, New Market, was halted last night at gunpoint Swomley came upon the men felling the tree in his woods, drew his revolver and ordered them to stop A warrant was -worn out against the men today ERNEST McBRIDE, MIDDLETOWN, was severly burned yes terday n a gasoline explosion which blew a 14-foot-square sheet metal roof 40 feet into the nir Neighbors said that tarht. in the morning McBnde had discovered gasoline leaking ,nto his well from r storage tank It appeared that he was attempting to clean it out when the explosion occured sending the well-house roof flying RAY H\R, SUSPECTED BAL- 1 IMORF jewelry thief, was arrested yesterday in Point o f Rocks State detectives seized him before he could get to Virginia 7wc~V Years Items h-om The New»-Po«l File* September 1, 1947 ESTIMATED .5,660 CHILDREN started to school today, an increase of about 150 over the number entering city schools I nit year CONSTRUCTION AND IM- provements designed to minimize fire hazards at Mon- levue are txpected to begin within thirty days, it was announced Thursday by Thomas ' Crum, general contractor A MIDDLE ALLEY MAN WAS charged with theft and jailed Thursday after he allegedly stole a watermelon from Carmack's grocery store He was stopped at Market and Fourth street with the melon under his arm He could not raise tiond, according to police Joe Eisenhauer's Notebook I pass through this world but once Any good therefore that I can do . . . . let me do it now. For I shall not pass this way again. Vacation?? NOW THAT the so-called recreation season is about to sing its swan song, just how many are primed and ready to resume the daily grind that gets under way immediately after Labor Day 9 It's true, many of us have had a brief respite from the old routine, but we're still skeptical regarding the appearance of all that vim, zip and renewed energy that are supposed to be the natural by pro c'ucts of time off And besides--what's t i m e off There s only one answer I; all depends on who and what ou are What makes the difference between recreation and work 9 Fun for one is effort for another Webster says vacation is a time of Despite, a period for rest jnd recreation Sounds good, but is it 9 Is it recreation to fight crowds at the beaches the mosq"itoes sand fleas and human sharKS only to return home (feelingly) proud of the basting acquired 9 And lotion\ are expensive Is it recreation to push an automobile hundreds of miles spnrnng with hotrodders and traffic cops, all t h e while trying to amiably cope with the sweetly - cutting comment of a co pilot 9 And who devised the method of folding a road map 9 Is .t recreation to hie your way to the mountains or woods, trying to picnic with ants in formation, out-buzzing the bees and indulging in a mad scramble to keep dry when the storm breaks 9 Finally, is it recreation just to loll around home 9 Well, it s here where the "discussion" starts IN PERSPECTIVE, "taking a vacation is something to be icwed seriously It could be considered a sweeping term In fact there have been times when I ve literally been swept out of the house by it Person ally, I like the glider on the old front oo^ch But the lady at my house has that all the time- consequently when I'm off, she bas other ideas, tor which I can't b'ame her To me, the occupation of housewife and homemaker is a truly noble profession, second to none I f is weanng fatiguing and in a lot of instances nerve tracking At mv house no day is over ·mtil the evening meal has been served pots and dishes washed and the children (grand--that i s ) duly considered Accenting all this if the fact that the DOSS ' can't rid herself of the .dea that no one in the house can perform her duties as expertly as she can She just von t delegate foolproof chores t the awkward squad ( t h a t s me) that lues under her roof Occasional!} I'm called upon to ' d i , " the dishes, but there it ends (Thank goodness ) I'm never cilled upon to manage a v a c u u m cleaner or exert ef.ort as a broom jockey But even the clumsiest hus jand can become a junior scout vhen he gets behind a wheel and that s where my value lies All of which boils down to this Wnen we do get time ott and ' h e r e s a choice between taking it easy at home or taking to the highway, we usually compromise by doing the latter BUT, REMEMBER-This is 'he Lahor Day week-end coming up Which means the high ways will be more crowded than usual You know what that calls tor ACTUALLY, the enjoyable part of vacation time is just approaching Most mothers are looking forward to the reopening of schools next week with more ideas in mind than education At least they'll know where the Kids are during most of the day at least VACATIONS are swell Particularly that part where every- t h i n g a i d everyone returns to .lormal Thorn's nothing l.ke a quiet CM office with jangling phones petulant complaints and secretarial jabber to unfrazzle \acation-fraz7led nerves We'll take time out here for » coffee break! 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